More than a dozen cocaine briquettes were dumped Tuesday on two Florida beaches from waves raised by Hurricane Dorian, police said.
Around 8am, a Melbourne police officer patrolling a walking route at Paradise Beach Park was alerted by a beach visitor to throw something suspicious ashore.
When the officer checked on him, he found a package “wrapped in a drug-fit way,” a Melbourne police spokeswoman said.
Cocaine package found in Paradise Beach, Florida, Melbourne Police Department
The brick was tested and was identified as a kilogram of cocaine, the spokeswoman said, adding that it would be destroyed.
On the outside of the brick, it seemed to be the beginning of the word, but only the letters “D-I-A-M-A-N-T.” were visible, melbourne police declined to comment on what was written on the brick, citing its investigation.
In Cocoa Beach, about 20 miles north, police were alerted to a bag that had been washed ashore and found 15 bricks of cocaine inside, said Sgt. Manny Hernandez.
In the Orlando area, he said, one kilogram of cocaine is estimated to be between $20,000 and $30,000. The bag has since been handed over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, he said.
Dorian, now a Category 2, began lashing the east coast of Central Florida Tuesday night, triggering hurricane warnings for coastal areas of Florida, as well as warnings in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Before moving toward the U.S. coast, a slow-moving hurricane battered the Bahamas, killing at least seven people. We recently reported the first victim of the Hurricane Dorian which is a 7-year-old kid.